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IEEE club provides resources and connections for students

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If you’re into scholarships, connections with professionals, and building high-tech stuff (without getting graded on it), have we got a club for you! The IEEE club provides members with experiences, hands-on projects, and resources to help them succeed in their careers. It is open for all electrical and computer engineering students to join.

The IEEE BYU chapter is unique in that it provides the best of both worlds: the connections of an international organization alongside the intimacy of a small club. Hannah Montana would love it.

As part of the worldwide IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) organization, the IEEE club connects members with professionals all over the world. They can register for conferences at a discount and gain opportunities to network with people in their field of interest, participate in competitions, and receive publications detailing the latest and greatest advancements in electronic engineering. They also qualify for exclusive IEEE scholarships.

Membership in IEEE costs $30 annually and provides all the benefits above but it isn’t required for club membership. The club itself provides opportunities in its own right, including a hands-on project each semester. This semester, it’s a smart doorbell. Members will be sorted into teams and work on the project at bi-weekly IEEE meetings, which will provide refreshments in addition to quality tech-building time with other members.

The club also serves to help bridge the gap between students and the electrical and computer engineering professors. It will invite a professor to attend a meeting every month and let students ask them questions so they have a chance to get to know them outside of the classroom.

Club opportunities will likely increase in the future to include community outreach or discussing the recent tech advances published in IEEE periodicals. With club leadership positions becoming available, the future of the club is really in members’ hands. It can become whatever they want it to be.

Involvement in IEEE costs one click. Interested students can go to the club webpage and request to join, and that’s all! Joining puts members on a mailing list where they can stay updated on meeting dates and locations. Students interested in official IEEE membership can sign up on the IEEE student page.

Information provided by Tom Bates, Chair of the BYU IEEE student branch